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Quadricycle Replica Update

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 26, 2016

quadricycle machiningFor the past year, Edison Ford staff has been building a replica of the original Ford Quadricycle. The Quadricycle’s current phase has primarily consisted of heavy machining. Edison Ford Automotive Curator, James Moss has been purchasing raw material and transforming this into viable components for the engine. With the flywheel complete, James has ordered material for a 6-inch pulley and plans to have the entire crank shaft assembly ready by mid-April in order to work on the cylinders.

The goal is to have the engine finished by the end of summer.


Historic Newspapers Added to Edison Ford Digital Archives

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 24, 2016

Mrs Koelber historic newspapersA large collection of historic newspaper scans was recently donated to Edison Ford. Mrs. Koelber allowed the Edison Ford staff to scan a collection of historic newspaper articles (including Fort Myers News-Press and others) relating to Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and local icons such as Tootie McGregor and Jacob Summerlin. Curatorial staff scanned over 50 pages into the digital archives of Edison Ford, which will be used for research purposes.

Quadricycle Replica Progress

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 25, 2016

quadricycle ilustrationUnder the direction of Edison Ford Automotive Curator, James Moss, a team of staff and highly skilled volunteers are creating a working model of Henry Ford’s first automobile – the  quadricycle. In fact, the project has moved along so well, that the team is taking on building the wooden body of the vehicle with the carpentry staff of Edison Ford.

Contact Edison Ford Chief Curator, Mike Cosden at mcosden@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419 for more information.

Edison Ford Receives Award

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 24, 2015

     Edison Ford received an award for work to promote The Henry Ford Legacy and preserve the Fort Myers Ford Estate. Chief Curator Mike Cosden, Assistant Curator Brent Newman, and Automotive Curator James Moss traveled to Henry and Clara Ford’s Historic Estate, Fair Lane, and to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum. While in Michigan, they undertook research and received the coveted “Friend of Ford Award” from the Henry Ford Heritage Association for their work to preserve the Florida Ford Estate and in recognition of ongoing projects like the new quadricycle, which they are building this year.

Curatorial Staff are pictured with the award and Henry Ford Heritage Association Treasurer, Mark Campbell.

Mike, Brent, James award for EFWE